SimplyDabbling

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  1. Hey guys, Buddy of mine just bought an old snipe. No idea on the year, but it has a lot of wooden parts and looks pretty cool. I'm excited to take it out on the water. I've never sailed a Snipe before though and I have two questions. 1.) In the picture, is that greenish thing protruding from the daggerboard housing a cleat of some sort for the jib sheets? Or does it have some other use which I can't decipher. 2.) How do you rig the daggerboard to prevent it from falling out and sinking to the bottom in the event of a capsize/turtle? Thanks.
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    Snipe Questions: Jib Sheet and Daggerboard

    Got some more photos. Up close and personal with the Jiffy Jib Jam!
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    Snipe Questions: Jib Sheet and Daggerboard

    “A Freudian desire to de-Nut their crew” is truly an all time line. Ill make sure to keep my jewels hugged tight.
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    BVI what's open/closed 2019

    Pretty much everywhere is rocking and rolling, apart from Virgin Gorda and Trellis Bay to a degree. The link you shared basically nails it. Virgin Gorda Details: Baths are still beautiful and a must-see. They just got approved for a big restoration there to update bathrooms/sitting areas/etc. CocoMaya is still one of the best restaurants in the whole BVI. Absolutely epic dinner spot, just don't forget your black Amex to pay for it all. Hog Heaven still has in my opinion the best view in the BVI and some nice BBQ to boot Oil Nut Bay just opened a brand new, beautiful marina just north of the North Sound. Pool, bar, restaurant, shop, etc. Definitely worth checking it out. Saba Rock is rebuilding. Should be open sometime in 2020. Bitter End Yacht Club also rebuilding. Shooting for end of 2019 reopening of the marina/early 2020. Hotel rooms coming later. Sandbox Beach Bar rebuilding. No updates on time frame there. Unsure of the plans for YCCS, Biras Creek and Fat Virgin Cafe. Sunchaser Scuba still delivering epic dive trips with world class service out of BEYC property What else are you looking for?
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    Snipe Questions: Jib Sheet and Daggerboard

    The old Jiffy Jib Jam! I should've known....
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    Snipe Questions: Jib Sheet and Daggerboard

    Cool. I'll let you know what number I find.
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    Snipe Questions: Jib Sheet and Daggerboard

    Ehhh I don't know if it's all wood. Certainly mast, boom and spinnaker pole are all wood from the photos I've seen. Where should my buddy look to find a hull number on the boat? We're gonna go sailing sometime here in the near future on it. I'll throw some more photos up here when we do.
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    Snipe Questions: Jib Sheet and Daggerboard

    I haven't seen it in person, just photos. But I think it's the 'newfangled' aluminum board (using the term newfangled lightly here) rather than the bronze one. Any advice on what best to tie the daggerboard line to that will hold specifically? And that's some great advice on the fasteners shearing off if we drop it right in. Although Surf_N_Turf does pose an interesting argument against you for the leeward mark....
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    West Michigan Thread

    Bit off topic here compared to the rest of the recent posts, but on topic for the thread title itself so I figured I'd drop it here. I recently accepted a side gig as the Boat Maintenance Manager for the Grand Rapids Junior Sailing Association. It's based out of the Grand Rapids Yacht Club on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids. I'll also be teaching beginner adult lessons on Monday and Thursday evenings there. Anyone here sail at GRYC?
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    Mirage 27 Sailboat Review/Advice

    Good day lads, My Uncle has a 1985 Mirage 27 that he keeps on a dock in Virginia. He is potentially looking at selling the boat and I am curious in regards to its bluewater/off-shore capabilities. I would be interested in sailing the boat from Virginia down to the British Virgin Islands. Anyone have any guidance as to if the Mirage 27 (assuming good condition) can make this journey and what the best/safest route for this boat would be? Any and all tips/experience/advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    Mirage 27 Sailboat Review/Advice

    Had to push back the haul out date a bit due to weather, but my Uncle got it out of the water and she looks pretty great. Figured I'd drop some photos here.
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    Jerome Rand solo circumnavigation in a Westsail 32

    A great article written by Jerome recently published in Sail Magazine, if you are so inclined. https://www.sailmagazine.com/cruising/a-nonstop-solo-circumnavigation
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    Round the world nonstop on a (insert vessel here)

    A recent article from Sail Magazine on Jerome Rand's journey. May give a little insight into this question! https://www.sailmagazine.com/cruising/a-nonstop-solo-circumnavigation
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    BVI News

    Here is a great post giving a quick recap of a recent BVI Charter! https://breezewayyachts.com/blog/f/my-takeaways-from-14-days-in-the-bvi?fbclid=IwAR3HBvdEGHHM7FZ2fpGvZHrgrT3hm_MWjtJWewtpSJqAec7C5g8Rt1WYR1Q
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    BVI News

    If you want dive/snorkel advice, hit up Sunchaser Scuba. They're based in the North Sound but they can pick you up right from your boat and you're guaranteed a 5-star experience. There is also new kiteboarding/free-diving school based out of Leverick Bay. UpNUnder Watersports. I've heard some great reviews of the guys from friends so if you want some kiting lessons give them a ring. https://upnunderwatersports.com/about/ Otherwise, that's all I got. Enjoy it, sail fast!
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    Mirage 27 Sailboat Review/Advice

    The Google machine is telling me it's a good thing. But yeah, this is my first Skookum.
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    Seeking Jerome Rand...

    Yeah, he was for a bit. He's based out of the North Sound, Virgin Gorda in the BVI but has a good crew of friends in Dominica. And Dominica is freaking awesome. So he sailed down there for a bit. But he's back in the BVI now working on a rough draft for his book detailing his voyage.
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    Mirage 27 Sailboat Review/Advice

    Chester!!! love the vote of confidence.
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    Mirage 27 Sailboat Review/Advice

    Skookum? Is that a good thing or a bad thing
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    Mirage 27 Sailboat Review/Advice

    Some pictures from my Uncle of Osprey: The inside looks great. So I've got that going for me, which is nice.
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    Mirage 27 Sailboat Review/Advice

    Good news lads. My Uncle is pulling his Mirage 27 'Osprey' out of the water March 21st and I'm headed down to Virginia to look at the boat! I have some knowledge for sure, but have never done a full survey before. I'm aware of the obvious things, but what are smaller, less known issues that I should be looking into?
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    BVI News

    My pleasure dude enjoy. Cane Garden Bay is also good to go. Snap a picture of BEYC for me if you can.
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    BVI News

    Trellis Bay is still pretty rough. Not a ton going on there apart from the market. Marina Cay and Scrub Island are operating and awesome though.
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    BVI News

    Anegada really isn’t bad at all to get to. In fact it’s an awesome sail from VG. Heck, I’ve windsurfed there from the North Sound on Virgin Gorda. The mooring field is just shallow. If you have a monohull with a draft greater than 6 feet it’s not deep enough for you to get to a ball. You have to anchor just east of the channel into the mooring field. Even that isn’t bad though. The channel is well marked. Just don’t be hammered before you get there lol.
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    BVI News

    Are you looking to scuba/snorkel as well? And do you need recommendations on where to do so? Let me know and I can reach out to my friends at Sunchaser Scuba for some specific recommendations for you. As for the islands in general: Jost Van Dyke: Both Great Harbor and White Bay have lots of action and are doing great. Soggy Dollar Bar is up and rolling as is Foxy's. Norman Island: As you stated earlier in this thread, Willie T has moved from The Bight to Great Harbor on Peter Island, so it's no longer there. The beach restaurants in the Bight are up and running if you want to check them out and mooring balls are available. Cooper Island: Beach club restaurant, rum bar and retail shop are all open and running. Doing great. Peter Island: Willie T is now anchored in Great Harbour. Worth checking out the new barge for sure! I don't believe Peter Island itself is open as yet. Virgin Gorda: Spanish Town is still recovering. There is dock space available as well as fuel and water, but not a whole lot else in the Marina area to do right now apart from a few local bars (if that's your type of scene and you want a truly authentic VG experience). You'll even have to take a taxi to get to a grocery store as the one in the marina closed. There's also no banks on VG after the Hurricane so get cash on Tortola!!! Coco Maya (in my opinion the best restaurant experience in the BVI) is open and an awesome place to stop for dinner. It can also be accessed from the North Sound via taxi (20 minute ride each way) if you'd rather stay at Leverick Bay. Leverick Bay would be more happening than Spanish Town for sure. The Baths still rock (haha) and Top of the Baths is open and Mad Dogs (the sandwich shop up top) has also just finished a rebuild and may even be open by the time you get there. North Sound: Leverick Bay is open and fully functioning. They have a marina with mooring balls, dock space, fuel, water and a provisioning store. Additionally, the beach bar and restaurant are both open. The restaurant is on the expensive side but really does incredible food. YCCS, Saba Rock, Sandbox Beach Bar and Bitter End Yacht Club are all closed. Bitter End Yacht Club is rumored to be opening in October 2019 with a marina, retail shops, watersports, spa and restaurant (no hotel guests yet) but that remains to be seen. Oil Nut Bay is open and I believe their club area can still be accessed by boat guests as long as you make a lunch reservation. ONB is a beautiful place to check out. Hog Heaven is also reopened and still has the best view in the BVI. It can be accessed via taxi from either Spanish Town or Leverick Bay. Anegada: Anegada is rocking and rolling. All the spots are open and awesome. I think the only place to be forcibly closed by the Hurricane was Palmetto Point? So there is a lot to do and see on the island still. Highly recommend. Tortola: I honestly don't know specifics. Heard Cane Garden Bay has action and is a fun spot. West End is still rebuilding. Ask around when you're there for the Spring Regatta! I'm very jealous. Hope this helps! Let me know about those scuba/snorkel recommendations.